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What's Lincoln Thinkin': Is DJ the underdog at the U.S. Open?

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Picking the Number One player in the world to win the US Open, does not seem like a bad bet.

But in fact, this week at Shinnecock, the numbers say the favorite, should be the underdog.

Jupiter resident Dustin Johnson regained the top spot in the world after winning at the St. Jude Classic last week. He punctuated the win, with a walkoff eagle from 169 yards out. He was running away with the tournament anyway, but picking up a win like that, sent the message to everyone on Long Island this week, that he's got his swagger again.

But winning in Memphis might have the wrong effect - no player ever has won the week before winning the US Open.

And since the R and D started calculated world golf ranking, only four golfers have won a major while being the top ranked player in the world.

One player, had no problems doing it - Tiger Woods won 11 majors while he was the World Number One. But it's only happened three other times, and once since 2007. That was Rory McIlroy at the 2014 PGA.

Most other golfers, see that number one ranking as a weight on their shoulders, and can't pull off the major victory with it.

So history says, Dustin Johnson shouldn't be the favorite - he should be an underdog. But for the man who is so even keeled, you could call him "keel-less", DJ is not the type of guy to let history, or numbers, get in his way.

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